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Video breakdown: Celtics motion offense

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The motion offense begins with a strong-side cut from the point guard, usually Kemba Walker or Brad Wanamaker.

My favorite option is a cut over the top of the big to the other side of the floor, where he screens for the wing.

This cut is often referred to as a “Scissor action” because of how it makes an “X” around the big with the ball:

A scissor cut in the middle of the floor, especially when you don’t know what’s coming, is incredibly difficult to defend.

Take note of the pace with which all Celtics bigs engage in a hand off and prevent the defense from recovering:

Let’s get into the nuances now knowing how the C’s can involve literally every player within their motion.

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